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Food safety programs

A food safety program is a written document which details how a food business will control the safety hazards associated with its food handling activities.

An appropriate and well implemented food safety program can help a food business:

Is my food business required to have a food safety program?

Licensable food businesses are required to have an accredited food safety program if:

  • the food business involves off-site catering
  • the primary activity of the food business is on-site catering at the premises stated in the licence
  • the primary activity of the food business is on-site catering at part of the premises stated in the licence to cater to 200 or more people on 12 or more occasions in any 12 month period
  • the food business is carried on as part of the operations of a private hospital or otherwise processes or serves potentially hazardous food to six or more vulnerable people.

Find a link below to the Queensland Health website for important food safety program information.

Other food businesses that are not required to have a food safety program may choose to apply for accreditation of a food safety program.

How to apply

If you identify that you are required to have an accredited food safety program, you need to submit your program with your application for a food business licence, along with the following supporting information:

  • notice to provide written advice for consideration of a food safety program for accreditation, completed by a Queensland Health approved auditor.

Find a link below to the food safety program accreditation notice of written advice.

Find a link below to the Queensland Health register of approved auditors.

If your food business requires a food safety program and the food business is already licensed under the Food Act 2006, you will need to complete an application for food safety program accreditation and submit with your food safety program, along with the notice of written advice.

Find a link to the food safety program accreditation application below.

Amendment of an existing approved food safety program

You will need to submit an amendment application if you propose to change the way in which food is handled in the carrying on of the food business to which the program relates, and because of the proposed change:

  • the program will no longer identify the food safety hazards of the food business, and
  • implementation of the program will no longer effectively control the food safety hazards.

You do not need to submit a notice of written advice for a food safety program amendment application.

Find a link to the food safety program amendment application below.

Compliance

Once your food safety program has been accredited by your local government, you need to comply with the processes outlined in your program.

You are also required to:

  • keep a copy of the accredited food safety program at the premises of the food business. This should be kept available for inspection by employees in the food business.
  • organise your first compliance audit within six months of the food safety program being accredited. The audit must be conducted by an auditor approved under the Act.
  • organise regular audits at the frequency specified by City of Gold Coast.
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